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Migrant protest reaches Mexico City

Published 19/04/2015 | 06:16

A migrant bears a cross while walking on his knees to the entrance of the Basilica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City (AP)
A migrant bears a cross while walking on his knees to the entrance of the Basilica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City (AP)

A protest convoy of Central American migrants arrived in Mexico City and filed abuse complaints with the government's National Human Rights Commission.

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The agency said that an ombudsman met representatives of the protest, who turned in 139 complaints alleging violations against migrants by Mexican police and immigration officers.

The 200 protesters were accompanied by the Rev Alejandro Solalinde, who runs a shelter for migrants in southern Mexico.

He claimed federal agents had "committed various violations of human rights" against migrants

And he called for an investigation of events at a road checkpoint in the southern state of Oaxaca, where he has said officers tried to prevent the protest convoy from heading to Mexico City.

Mexico's immigration agency said earlier in the week that it respects migrants' rights.

The migrants' convoy left Oaxaca this week later than originally planned in what has become an annual "Viacrucis" protest time around Easter.

Upon reaching the capital, migrants carried wooden crosses to protest against suffering at the hands of criminals and corrupt police. They also attended a Mass at the Basilica of Guadalupe.

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